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Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4 / Civil, Klemperer, Philharmonia


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67012  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alan Civil plays serenely throughout, with technical security and a limpid and clearly-focused tone. Occasionally the beauty of the playing verges on the breathtaking—the entry of a sustained passage in the first movement of the third concerto, for example. The cadenzas are wholly suitable, of a splendidly modest length, and supplied almost everywhere the most ardent cadenza-fancier could wish. The orchestral support is admirable in every way. Indeed the idyll stands a risk of being broken only in the case of the second concerto, of which the handling might be thought to be, throughout, on the lethargic side. Consider the last page or two of the finale, when the music suddenly becomes (by instruction) considerably faster: as played here, Read more this would really not be all that too fast for the rest of the finale. Nevertheless, as performances, these undoubtedly rank with those of the Dennis Brain disc.

-- Gramophone [11/1961, reviewing the original LP release]

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Very likely this is the best complete set of the Mozart Horn Concertos in the catalogue; for Alan Civil and the orchestra both play beautifully, the cadenzas are very apt, and the recording is both well-toned and well balanced.

-- Gramophone [2/1976, reviewing an LP reissue]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
2.
Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 One of the best May 27, 2012 By Ivan G. (Jackson Heights, NY) See All My Reviews "Otto Klemperer's recording of the Mozart horn concertos with noted
British horn player Alan Civil is a worthy contender to the classic Brain/Karajan account with the same orchestra . The interpretations are as in the competition in a genial, lyrical vein which suits this performance style well; you can enjoy the details of both the music and the performances that much better. The recorded sound is much better as well, with a pleasing clarity and ambience that also enhances one's enjoyment.

Interpretively, this means that the fast movements are not rushed as in many other modern versions, but they don't need to be. Yet they have appropriate verve and bite, especially in the finales which truly take off in spectacular fashion. The slow movements are pure joy, with both soloist and orchetra relishing the beauty of these to the fullest - in Civil and Klemp's hands these movements are truly songs without words. I especially enjoyed the famous Romanza from the third concerto. In short, the music is allowed to speak for itself
without being fussed over.

Alan Civil's playing is completely assured throghout with virtuosity
and beautiful tone in equal measure, and Klemperer provides a lovely,
refined accompaniment from the Philharmonia letting his star soloist
shine and coming to the fore when needed.

This release is a worthy addition to any collection and deserves the same exalted status as the Brain/Karajan - lovers of the Mozart horn
concertos will want both. "
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